Delaware County Council congratulates the many individuals and organizations that contributed to a successful Election Day on November 8.
Above all, thanks to Delco voters! The unofficial 2022 turnout of more than 250,000 voters will rival the 2018 Midterm number of 253,000 – both the highest so far of the 21st Century.
Thank you to the 2,175 poll workers who staffed and managed the 428 Delaware County precincts this past Tuesday, as well as Election Department staff and seasonal workers led by Elections Director James P. Allen. Special thanks also go to the County’s Park Police, the County’s Emergency Services, the County’s Public Works Department, the County’s Motor Vehicle Management team, and local law enforcement from Chester and Media Borough. A salute also goes to the watchers and observers who provide valuable oversight of our electoral processes!
Delaware County Elections completed the processing of most ballots before midnight on Wed., Nov. 9. By law, military/overseas ballots can arrive and be eligible to count through the Tuesday after election day. Additionally, more than 2,400 provisional ballots will be reviewed for consideration to be added to the counts next week. All eligible remaining vote-by-mail and provisional ballots will be processed, regardless of how close any contests are. Final processing is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 16-17.
In accordance with Pennsylvania State Law, Delaware County Elections’ retabulation team was sworn in on Veterans Day to begin the review of precinct records to identify any apparent or obvious discrepancies. This process includes review of the results tapes, a 2% recount of precincts, and a comparison of ballots cast versus ballots supplied and ballots returned unused.
The unofficial totals exclude small numbers of mail-in ballots that were flawed, based on the return envelopes being: undated or improperly dated; unsigned; unsealed; or the ballot not placed in the “secrecy envelope” before being submitted in the larger “Ballot Return Envelope.”
Voters are reminded that all vote totals posted on the Delaware County Election Results page, located at delcopa.gov/results, remain unofficial until the certification process is complete and the vote totals are submitted to the PA Department of State. The certification deadline for the Nov. 8, 2022 General Election is Mon., Nov. 28. Voters with election-related questions may call the Delaware County Election Hotline at (610) 891-VOTE or visit the Delaware County election website — Delco Votes! — at delcopa.gov/vote.